The Census is a count of all people and households in the UK taken every 10 years. It is the most complete source of information about the population available and shows how our country is changing over time.
The last Census took place on 21 March 2021.
The responsible body for the Census in England and Wales is the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Why is the Census important?
The Census is a count of all people and households in the country and is conducted every 10 years. Every household must, by law, complete a census questionnaire and it is therefore a rich data source providing a detailed snapshot of the population and local characteristics. In comparison with data from previous censuses, it also enables us to tracks changes in society over time.
The Census asks people about subjects such as work, health, housing, ethnic background, education and marital status. The responses build a picture of the nation, which helps central and local government, health authorities, businesses, voluntary sector organisations and communities to target resources and plan for years to come.
Census 2021 results
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the first results from the Census on the 28 June 2022. Results are being published in phases and the ONS aims to release all the main results within two years of the census.
How the population changed in the Dover District
Please see our summary of how the population changed in the Dover District between 2011 and 2021.
This summary covers population and household estimates, population change between 2011 and 2021, population density, and population changes by age group.
How life has changed in the Dover District
Please see our summary of how life has changed in the Dover District between 2011 and 2021.
This summary covers population growth, aging population, country of birth, religion, ethnic groups, national identity, health, disability, unpaid care, legal partnership status, households without children, housing, employment, and working hours.
Local Area Profiles
- Profile of the population: Broken down by ward - coming soon.
- Profile of households and housing: Broken down by ward - coming soon.
- Profile of employment and economic activity: Broken down by ward - coming soon.
- UK armed forces veterans in the Dover District.
What topic summary data for Census 2021 will be available and how to view them.
Definitions, variables and classifications to help when using Census 2021 data.
Details the strengths, limitations, uses, users and methods for Census 2021, England and Wales.
For further information on the Census, please visit census.gov.uk.
Census 2011 summaries for the Dover District and also for each Ward. There is also a link to information from the Census 2001.
Information on the Dover district from the English Indices of Deprivation 2019.